Former WWAY GM, UNCW Hall of Famer George Diab dies at 91
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — George Diab died peacefully at his Wilmington home on Friday. Diab is a former president and general manager of WWAY TV. He served as the president of Clay Communications, which previously owned WWAY. Diab also used to be a co-owner of WWAY. Diab served as the president of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters in the 1980s. Diab served as the president of the UNCW Seahawk Club in the late 1980s. He was inducted into the UNCW Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.
Former UNCW men’s head basketball coach Jerry Wainwright posted a condolence message on the guest book of Diab’s online obituary page.
“I will always be thankful for George and Kitty’s support and belief in the program at UNCW,” Wainwright wrote. “He was a man of integrity and always cared about the right things. I was proud to call him friend and will be ever grateful for what he meant to me and my family. God bless.”
Former UNCW director of athletics Mike Capaccio also posted a condolence message on George Diab’s online obituary page. “George was the best, a stand up guy who was a great and loyal man,” Capaccio wrote. “Loved his stories, and can never thank him enough for all he did for me. Glad I had a chance to catch up with him a short while ago. Prayers are with Kitty and the family.”
Diab, a World War II veteran, is an inductee to the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
The prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of sports related injuries to UNCW student-athletes is performed in the George Diab Sports Medicine Center in Trask Coliseum. This facility is one of two Sports Medicine Centers located on campus.The Diab Center, named for longtime friends and supporters George and Kitty Diab, opened in the spring of 1993. It features the latest in acoustical, electrical, and hydrotherapy treatment modalities. The room also contains several essential rehabilitation machines.Under the direction of certified athletic trainers Scott Hill, Julie Francis, Stacy Downar, Danielle Cotellessa, Catherine Lenhardt, Zach Mishoe, Lindsey Schroeder and Drew Moore, the 1,732-square foot center serves students athletes on a daily basis.The athletic training staff is responsible for educating student-athletes on injury prevention techniques. The atmosphere also provides athletic training students an opportunity to gain knowledge and hands-on experience within an accredited undergraduate program.
Few individuals had more impact on the meteoric growth of Seahawk athletics than George Diab, one of the program’s most loyal supporters. Diab was active through his participation in the Seahawk Club, the department’s primary fund-raising organization. One of the five original members of the Seahawk Club, Diab held the group’s first fund raising kickoff campaign at his home and through his affiliation with WWAY, the first scholarship pledge to the program was established.Diab has been an active participant in the Seahawk Club for many years. He has served on the Board of Directors for 30 years, including the office of President in 1987-88. Under Diab’s direction, WWAY created first men’s basketball coaches show on local television.